New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that doing one’s duty should be the new mantra for the legislators, lawmakers and the public servants for the next 25 years as the country heads towards centenary of its Independence, and our Parliament and state legislatures should be an example of this “Indianness”.
“Next 25 years are very important for India. In this, we can implement only one mantra with full commitment and responsibility – duty, duty, duty. Duty in every action, word and lifestyle. It will have its impact on development and on every citizen. The mantra that would take us forward would be duty,” Modi said while addressing the 82nd All India Presiding Officers’ Conference (AIPOC) on the occasion of its 100th year celebrations on Wednesday via video conferencing in Shimla. He also asserted that it is our legislatures’ responsibility to be vigilant about any discordant voice about the country’s unity and integrity.
The Prime Minister also pushed the idea of having a separate time for quality and healthy debates in legislatures which should be serious, dignified and devoid of political potshots at others.
In the backdrop of Parliament facing total washout of sessions, Modi also emphasised on the quality of the debate. “The traditions and arrangements of our House should be Indian in nature. Our policies, our laws should strengthen the spirit of Indianness, the resolve of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’. Most importantly, our own conduct in the House should be according to Indian values. It is the responsibility of all of us that debates on the floor of the houses.”
Democracy is not merely a system in India but it is its nature, he added.